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Can you donate blood with GDD?


This question was posed by a sufferer who read the blog on breast-feeding:

Is it safe to donate blood? I recently contacted my blood bank and was told there is no problem if I'm feeling alright. I don't want to cause harm to anyone.

My answer is:

if you are very sick from GDD, probably I would not donate blood - just like being very sick from anything else. You probably deliver a load of cytokines, which may not necessarily be harmful.... but may also be.

There are ofcourse other charitable acts you can do for individuals in distress. But I would like to say that simply asking this question reveals the very generous and kind nature of the questioner.

Richard Semelka, MD

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